This Independent Study thesis is divided into three chapters. The first chapter, “The Challenge of Feminist Ethics,” describes the project of feminist ethics to respond to patterns of inclusion and exclusion within the dominant tradition of moral thought and practice. I then highlight several features of consideration in feminist ethics that are useful in its response and subsequent development of alternative representations of moral life. My second chapter, “The Moral and Epistemic Commitment of Advocacy,” discusses the field of advocacy as morally and epistemically engaged through practices of speaking for others. I give reasons to believe that the commitment underpinning these practices is worth challenging after consideration of what is at stake. In my final chapter, “The Feminist Challenge to Advocacy,” I evaluate what feminist ethics contributes to the critical evaluation of this commitment and consider what its revisions may entail. I conclude that practices of speaking-for in advocacy should reflect a revised commitment 1) to the salience of social location and 2) to attentiveness and responsiveness to the particular persons whom one speaks-for.


McBride, Lee




Applied Ethics

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar



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